Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: The Field of Knowledge

Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: The Field of Knowledge

Editor(s): Stephen Tilley

Published Online: 11 FEB 2008

Print ISBN: 9780632058457

Online ISBN: 9780470774427

DOI: 10.1002/9780470774427

About this Book

Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: The Field of Knowledge provides an analytical and critical introduction to the current state of knowledge in psychiatric and mental health nursing in the UK.


The first section of the book explores current professional, disciplinary and educational contexts. In the second section leading UK authors from diverse academic settings provide case studies of the knowledge and scientific traditions they draw on to inform their practice, understand patient needs, and foster different aspects of nursing practice.


In the final section the UK authors comment on each other's accounts. Those chapters and comments are then discussed by leading overseas academics to provide an invaluable international perspective. The final stage is a sociologically-informed analysis which identifies sociopolitical trends in order to make sense of the UK and international views. The editor then assesses the potential for intellectual integration and collective advance in psychiatric and mental health nursing.

Table of contents

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  1. Part 1: Background and Stance on the Problem of Knowledge in the Field

  2. Part 2: Looking Across the Field: Case Studies of Institutionalisation of Knowledge of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

  3. Part 3: Analytic and Critical Commentaries and Conclusion

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